workshops & seminars

2014 schedule

Women in Film and KCTS host two workshops on fundraising in September

Class #1

Where's the money? The art of funding your film.

Date:

September 19, 2014

Location:

KCTS 9 
401 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Time:

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost:

$60.00 WIF Members
$65.00 General Public

Tickets:

www.brownpapertickets.com

An A-to-Z look at all the sources available for noncommercial independent media projects including: individuals, private foundations, government agencies, and corporations; and methods to use to maximize your effectiveness of being successful from direct asks and crowdfunding, to special events and writing the perfect proposal. This highly interactive workshop draws on the many years of experience Morrie Warshawski has had helping filmmakers design and fund their projects, and includes plenty of time for Q&A with participants.

Morrie Warshawski works with nonprofits and filmmakers that are having difficulty realizing their full potential.  He was the Executive Director of two media arts centers (Bay Area Video Coalition and The Media Project).  He has served on numerous grant panels, as a film festival judge internationally, and consulted with dozens of independent filmmakers on career and fundraising issues.  Warshawski is the author of many articles, and of two books on fundraising, Shaking The Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants And Donations For Film And Video- 3rd Edition (Wiese Books, LA), and The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party With a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause -2nd Edition.  You can find him in cyberspace at www.warshawski.com.

Class #2

Get your film to the masses.

Date:

September 20, 2014

Location:

KCTS 9 
401 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Time:

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost:

$125.00 WIF Members
$130.00 General Public

Tickets:

www.brownpapertickets.com

Are you ready to get your film out there?  This workshop takes you through ways to get your film seen by the public and distributors.

Topics covered in the workshop:

  • Comportment/Successful Pitching
  • Case Study Finding Hillywood- emphasis on fundraising
  • Social Media and Building your Audience for Film
  • Film Festivals – applying / strategy
  • Outreach, Distribution, and Successful Partnerships - using rwandafilm.org as a case study
  • Plenty of time for Q+A and Discussion.

Morrie Warshawski works with nonprofits and filmmakers that are having difficulty realizing their full potential.  He was the Executive Director of two media arts centers (Bay Area Video Coalition and The Media Project). He has served on numerous grant panels, as a film festival judge internationally, and consulted with dozens of independent filmmakers on career and fundraising issues. Warshawski is the author of many articles, and of two books on fundraising, Shaking The Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants And Donations For Film And Video- 3rd Edition (Wiese Books, LA), and The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party With a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause 2nd Edition.  You can find him in cyberspace at www.warshawski.com.

Leah Warshawski is a Seattle-based producer/director specializing in documentary storytelling around the globe mainly for commercials, branded entertainment, reality shows, and documentaries. She has worked for major television networks on shows including "Lost" and "Hawaii,” and has filmed in more than 30 countries. Her directorial debut documentary "Finding Hillywood" (2013) is currently screening at festivals and has won six awards since its premiere, including the Critic's Award (Sebastopol Documentary Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival). Leah is also the co-founder of rwandafilm.org, an outreach and job site created in 2012 in partnership with Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Her next documentary feature "Big Sonia" (www.bigsonia.com) is currently in production.

previous workshops & seminars

KICKSTARTER UNVEILED
WIF Workshop with Ben Dobyns

Are you considering utilizing Kickstarter to fund your next project? If so, you'll want to attend this class before launching your campaign. Fundraising expert Ben Dobyns of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment has run four successful Kickstarter campaigns, including JourneyQuest Season 2 (over 200% of goal amount raised), Gamers 3: Hands of Fate (over 125% of goal raised), and is an advisor on many successful campaigns. Ben will share secrets, answer questions, and will workshop one lucky attendee's campaign into a complete plan.

At this workshop Ben will cover:

• how to achieve average pledge targets

• how long to run your campaign and when to launch

• how to create a successful campaign video & get the most out of it

• how to create the most appealing & cost-effective rewards

• how the state wants you to report your revenue

• how to use stretch goals to snowball the value of key rewards

Attendees will also have the opportunity to present a 5-minute project pitch and receive feedback. All attendees will leave with a copy of Ben's custom-designed campaign structure and projections spreadsheet.

Date
Saturday October 26
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location:
Jigsaw Renaissance
INSCAPE Arts Building
815 Seattle Blvd S Seattle, WA 98134

Map to Jigsaw Renaissance

Directions:
Turn off 4th Ave S onto Seattle Blvd near CenturyLink Field.. The Inscape building is on your right. Parking is on the street, pay attention to the signs.

Cost:
$100 WIF Professional Members/Jigsaw Members (any level)
$115 Other WIF members
$125 Non-Members

Sign up now. This class will fill up!
 

 

Questions? Email Vanessa Eng at vanessarocks@gmail.com.

Build your skills with WIF Seattle

Education and professional growth is an important part of our mission. Toward that end we host a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Our events have included everything from workshops with talented Hollywood writer Brian McDonald, author of "Invisible Ink," and production classes with industry veteran Tom Kane; to RED camera instruction, fundraising seminars, and more. Generally scheduled on weekends or evenings and priced to be as affordable as possible, our workshop topics cover all areas of production. We're always looking for subjects of interest to our members and quality workshop leaders, so if you have ideas for a seminar, please contact our Workshop and Seminar Chair, Vanessa Eng vanessarocks@gmail.com.